Born in Providence, she was the daughter of the late Lovell and Ethel (Remele) Willis. Barbara was a school teacher in Barrington Public Schools, a member of various teacher organizations, an active member at Barrington Congregational Church as a member of the choir, director of the bell choir and children’s choir, a former member of the Barrington Preservation Society, and volunteered for the Adult Literacy Program.
She is survived by her daughter, Nancy Arena of Barrington, three grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren. She was the mother of the late Russell W. Ward, and Karen E. Crisman, and sister of the late Robert R. and George L. Willis.
A funeral for Barbara was held Saturday at Smith-Mason Funeral Home with a graveside service at Forest Chapel Cemetery. A memorial service followed in Barrington Congregational Church. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Barrington Congregational Church. Visit smithmason.com for online condolences